Go Into the Story collects The Definitive List of Clichéd Dialogue.
“When it comes to lazy, trite dialogue,” here are his top ten worst offenders:
- I was born ready.
- Are you sitting down?
- Let’s get out of here!
- _____ my middle name.
- Is that all you got? — I’m just getting started.
- Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
- Don’t you die on me!
- Tell my wife and kids I love them.
- Breathe, dammit!
- Cover me. I’m going in.
There are 111 more. And I can think up some other lines that really grate on me — starting with, “I have no choice!” It’s especially irritating when shouted in a Jack Bauer voice. I have vowed never, ever to use that line in a book, at least without heavy doses of sarcasm or irony.
How about you? Any clichés get your, uh, let’s see, not a goat…